Jefferson Elementary School
(KMOV.com) – A 13-year-old student accused of bringing a gun to a St. Louis public school and pointing it at another student’s head was taken into custody Wednesday.
Police say so far the student has not yet been charged and will likely not be named since he is a minor.
District officials said the gun was found at the Jefferson Elementary School in north St. Louis Wednesday. School officials immediately confiscated the weapon and alerted state authorities.
“Please be assured that the District will continue to review its safety policies and procedures to ensure that we are maintaining a safe and secure learning environment,” Principal Nathalie Means said in a statement sent home to parents.
Parents say students have told them the student had brought the gun on at least two other occasions. One student claimed the gun was pointed at his head in a bathroom by the suspect student.
“I was going to go wash my hands and all I know is that he put the gun up to my head, then took it down and he clicked it,” the student, whose name is being withheld, said. “Then the clip fell out and that’s when I seen the bullet, and that’s when we all ran out the bathroom.”
That incident reportedly happened Monday, and parents told News 4 that students were terrorized for three days by the boy with a gun until someone finally spoke up. According to students, the boy threatened to shoot them if they told anyone about the gun.
In the wake of the incident, the district is examining its security policies. Spokesperson Patrick Wallace says the district takes security seriously, and is working to improve it.
“I can tell you the district puts in place as many security measures as they can to prevent any type of activity like this from happening and we review our security measures every single day to see what we can do to make them better,” he said.